Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Salad with honey balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Autumn has set in and the thought of winter makes me sigh. I love the snow. But it's the dark, cold, gloomy days that I dread. But, there's nothing we can do about it. Time can't stand still. Right?

Then a bulb glows in my head.
Aha! There's one thing that I "CAN" do. Enjoy the days before winter sets in. I had to make use of the wonderful fruits and veggies I saw at the stores. With the last of cherries, apricots and spring mix salad leaves on the market, I made this salad a couple of weeks ago.

Oh ya! It, sure, was soul gratifying. The bright colors in the salad were enough to lift my spirit. The sweetness from the fruits and the slight bitterness from the radicchio, subtle bite of the salad leaves and the tangyness of the vinaigrette ......altogether, it was a party in my mouth.

I have listed ingredients for 2 kinds of salad mixes. the first one has the fruits mentioned above. For those of you who have run out of luck finding these ingredients can try the second option of the salad mix. I'm not mentioning any measure for the salad leaves and fruits. Use as much or as little as you like.

Salad Mix No.1:
  • Baby romaine
  • Tango
  • Radicchio
  • Baby spinach
  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Plums
  • Steamed french beans
  • Salad Mix no.2
  • Lettuce
  • Baby spinach
  • Valencia oranges
  • Apple
  • Grapes
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Pecans
For the honey balsamic vinaigrette
  • Honey - 3 tspns
  • Lemon juice - 4 tspns
  • Aged balsamic vinegar - 5 tspns
  • Olive oil - 2 tspns
  • Salt and pepper-to taste
  • Blend all the ingredients for the vinaigrette together with a blender or beat well with a whisk.
  • Pour over the salad mix and toss. Serve immediately.
Luv 'n' luc'


  1. It does look colourful and yum! I have never tasted balsamic vinegar...I have never seen it around.

  2. lol,those fresh fruits n greens are very tempting..very vibrant colors...

  3. I do not know about the taste of the dish but the picture looks superb. You have good skill at picturizing :)

    I hope the bulb that you mentioned made you create all these recipes. I am sure they will be worth eating.

    I need to mention it again. I liked the top most picture a lot. It looks really superb.

    Hey! one question... What cam do you use for these pics?

  4. So colourful and yummyyyyyyy

  5. Smithaa...this is awesome...colorful and tempting salad.... :)

  6. Such a delicious salad... very healthy.....good way to eat veggies & fruits.:)

  7. colorful salad Smitha..gorgeous click...

  8. balsamic vinegar flavour is always yums..good job

  9. the first pic looks great! makes the salad look soo very appetizing :)

  10. thx for sharing this wonderful recipe....BTW the pictures are just great!
    Now coming to ur comment on my blog regarding substitute for dates...try using berries [black, raspberries, blueberries], you may have to add some sugar if the berries are little tangy....

  11. Dear Smitha,
    How beautiful a day can be,
    Once starts brwosing through your post,
    Oh My God!so colourful teh shots are!
    And they speak volumes!
    So tempting n simply healthy,
    Specially to many who struggle,
    To reduce the extra weight.
    Rightly said,dear about the dreadful evenings,
    The mood is low but good that,
    You could go creative;
    Keep giving healthy tips n yummy recipe,
    Have a great day,n enjoy!
    Leaving you now with a smile.........

  12. Wow.. thats awesome.. I love balsamic vinegrette

  13. Looks healthy n delicious. Great way to enjoy the season.Nice click.

  14. I am not into salad that much, your presentation does look gorgeous with the lovely dressing, I think I'll try out your dressing with honey and notify you how it came for me :)

  15. HI Smitha,

    looks delicious..will try when i'm free..Thanks alott for this..keep writing..

  16. It's hard to say good bye to the warm season,good memories of sunny days should keep us going until the next season.Love the vibrant salad :D

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  18. That's an yum looking colorful salad.....love that spicy and yummy dressing....

  19. healthy, yummy salad. Looks colourful. Great click Smitha.


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